Airplane full scale test bench
Sohatex Engineering GmbH & Co KG

The tested airplane is placed on eight LabVIEW-controlled hydraulic cylinders to perform load tests in an easy and efficient way.

 

 

Diamond Aircraft Industries is an Austrian composite aircraft manufacturer. As such, Diamond Aircraft needs to perform full-scale and wear tests on newly constructed airplanes. In the past, this was done using a statically mounted scaffold with weights and pulleys. Full-scale tests took many hours and wear tests multiple weeks. Therefore, a need for a faster and easier to use solution arose. Sohatex developed a solution, that allows an airplane to be mounted atop eight hydraulic cylinders, that are completely controlled by LabVIEW. Integrated are multiple safety Features and Control algorithms speeding up tests by about 75%.